Freddie Sanchez Day
12 January 2007
(From the April 2007 Senior Bulldogs News)
Freddie Sanchez (Burbank High Class of 1996) was honored as the 2006 National League Bating Champion and Pittsburgh Pirates Third Baseman in a ceremony where his Bulldog Baseball Jersey was retired January 12, 2007. It took place on our high school field and was followed by a Gala dinner and auction at the Castaways Restaurant.
Freddie began his baseball career at BHS culminating in 1996 when he won League MVP honors during his senior year. After graduation he went on to play at Glendale Community College where he was Western State Conference Co-MVP and Southern Division Player of the Year.
In 2000, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and made his Major League debut on September 10, 2001. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003. In 2006 Freddie played in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game and became the first BHS Bulldog ever to win the National League Batting Championship. The right-hand hitter ended the season with a .344 average and led all MLB players with 856,685 write-in votes for the title.
Among his awards is the Esteemed 2006 Tony Consigliore Award presented annually to a major leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of "spirit, determination and courage." The 28-year-old Sanchez was born with a clubbed right foot and endured years of therapy and corrective treatments.
His parents believed he would battle his challenges head-on and encouraged him to compete as a student and athlete in the Burbank Community.
Their belief paid off as Freddy came home as a "Hometown Hero" on Freddy Sanchez Day January 12th.